A few weeks ago I attended the Capital City Musky School. I signed up for a class called muskies in the weeds. The class was led by Dr. Ronald F. Schell a Lyme disease researcher at the University of Wisconsin. I sat down in the auditorium expecting to hear about some new lure that was gonna revolutionize the way we fish in weeds. He started the presentation by stating that he was a shore fisherman and that he had developed a rigging method for muskies in the weeds. When the first slide came up on the screen I said to myself, "Tubes? they don't hold up in the weeds." I have tried and tried to make them work in the past. You see tubes are one of the greatest soft plastics you can use to fish for musky. The tentacles wave and pulse like crazy, and their slender rounded head allows you to hop them along the bottom or even walk the dog. The problem with tubes, even the ones built well, is that since they are hollow, once you start to skin hook them they fall apart. Also they can be a real pain in the ass to keep in place on the hook. Even with long shank EWG hooks they move all over the place. He came up with an ingenious homemade, weedless, bait securing, device that is free to make and simple in design. What followed changed the way I will forever look at tubes...Enjoy.
To start building the rig we need to gather the supplies. You'll need a BIG soft plastic tube (I prefer Bogs Monster Tube Worms). An appropriate sized hook. These are large tubes so you need bigger hooks 8/0-12/0 should do, just remember that EWG hooks will give you the best hooking percentage. Then hit the recycle bin and track down a shampoo or laundry detergent bottle.
|Tube, hook, and body wash bottle.|
Grab an empty bottle, wife gets mad when you dump out a new bottle to build this.
|Bogs Monster Tube on a Picasso 12/0 EWG hook.|
|Hook eye slid through the slit in plastic.|
|Plastic weed guard secured to hook.|
|Skin hooking the plastic allows the tube to stay intact while fishing.|
|Secured and ready to give the muskies or bass a run for their money.|
Bonus tip: If you want your tubes to float and don't have any floating tubes with you. Put some small chunks of styrofoam in the hollow body of the tube and secure the last piece with some super glue. The styrofoam will the keep the tube on the waters surface and it makes for a great top water jerk bait.